Russian lawmakers call for probe into Kolomoisky’s alleged Moscow property
MOSCOW, August 1 (RAPSI) – Communist Party deputies of the State Duma have requested that Prosecutor General Yury Chaika review media reports about the alleged Moscow property of Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky and confiscate it, the party said Friday on its website.
According to Izvestia newspaper, Kolomoisky and his partners in the Privat group hold a controlling interest in a building in central Moscow via Cyprus companies and a Moscow-based business firm, Elite Holding.
Elite Holding owns a newly repaired building of the early 20th century, Povarskaya Plaza, on 10 Povarskaya Street near Arbat.
“Valery Rashkin, first deputy chairman of the State Duma Nationalities Committee, and Sergei Obukhov, deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Public Association and Religious Organizations, have repeatedly asked Prosecutor General Yury Chaika to confiscate Kolomoisky’s assets,” the statement reads.
The MPs have asked the prosecutor to review the media publications and, if they are found to be true, to take proper measures under the law On Combating Terrorism.
The Communist Party deputies said they had previously sent a similar request to Mr. Chaika, citing media information that the Ukrainian oligarch, who is financing the far-right group the Right Sector, owns commercial organizations in Russia.
Ihor Kolomoisky is one of Ukraine’s richest people, whose personal wealth is estimated by Forbes at $1.8 billion.
A criminal case has been opened in Russia against Kolomoisky and Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov under Russian articles on “the masterminding of murder, the use of prohibited methods and means of warfare, abduction, and the hindering of the legitimate activities of journalists.”